Spousal Support Information

When a couple separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called "spousal support."

The judge will take many things into consideration when deciding what amount of spousal support should be ordered. Examples of some things the judge may consider are:

  • How long the couple has been married;
  • The age and health of each spouse;
  • How much income each can earn on their own;
  • What the expenses of each spouse are;
  • Whether there are minor children at home; and
  • The history of the way the couple handled money during the marriage.

Either spouse can later ask the judge to change the support amount if the situation changes. A spouse can also ask the judge for help collecting (enforcing) a support order.

If the local child support agency is currently helping you collect (enforce) a child support order for a child living with you in the same home from your spouse or former spouse, the local child support agency can help you collect (enforce) the spousal support order along with the child support order.

Partner Support

When domestic partners separate or divorce, the court may order one domestic partner to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called "partner support."

The judge will take many things into consideration when deciding what amount of partner support should be ordered. Examples of some things the judge may consider are:

  • The length of the domestic partnership;
  • The age and health of each domestic partner;
  • How much income each can earn on their own;
  • What the expenses of each partner are;
  • Whether there are minor children at home; and
  • The history of the way the couple handled money during the domestic partnership.

Either domestic partner can later ask the judge to change the support amount if the situation changes. A domestic partner can also ask the judge for help collecting (enforcing) a support order.

If the local child support agency is currently helping you collect (enforce) a child support order for a child living with you in the same home from your former domestic partner, the local child support agency can help you collect (enforce) the partner support order along with the child support order.

If you have any further questions or concerns about spousal support, please contact Goodrich & Cheung, LLP, at 858-429-9958. We look forward to serving you.